Book Blogger Insider Tag

Many thanks to James at This is My Truth Now for the nomination and creation of this combination of tags! This is fun!

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Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie (1 of 3 since I combined tags… others are unknown)
3. Tag at least 6 people
4. Have fun!

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Describe your perfect reading spot.

Ashley

I love to read somewhere with plenty of light and in a comfy chair. I prefer to read in silence, though it rarely happens for me with my children constantly around. #momlife

Sabrina

It’s somewhere quiet and where no one can disturb me. I can’t concentrate with too much background noise. It’s especially difficult when I’m reading in English but the TV, music, people around me speak in German. 😀


Tell us three book confessions.

Ashley

  1. If I have too many ARCs to read, it puts me in a book slump. I don’t like feeling as if I have to read. It needs to feel enjoyable, instead of like school.
  2. I hate that the word nerd goes along with reading. I don’t think reading should be considered nerdy.
  3. I often feel completely overwhelmed when I log onto Goodreads, knowing I will never be able to read all the books I want to.

Sabrina

  1. I get discouraged reading a new book when my kindle shows me 10 hours + left in the book.
  2. I’m not too fond of overly sexualized covers.
  3. If an author is going to publish books in a series, I usually wait until the whole series is out. This way I can read the books one after the other and don’t need to wait between books and forget everything about it in the meantime.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

Ashley

During Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae.

Sabrina

I shed a few happy tears at the end of A Little Too Late by Staci Hart because the ending was so beautifully perfect. ❤


How many books are on your bedside table?

Ashley

10-15

Sabrina

Too many to name since they are all on my kindle.


What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

Ashley

I don’t like to eat and read.

Sabrina

I usually don’t eat while reading but if a book is a real page-turner, I make an exception and read while having breakfast or lunch.


Name three books you would recommend to Everyone

Ashley

  1. Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Bible is always a good place to start.

Sabrina

  1. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
  2. Quiet by Susan Cain
  3. Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin (because it’s one of my absolute favorites!!)

Describe how much books mean to you in just three words.

Ashley

I heart reading. 😉

Sabrina

Comforting. Relaxing. Passion.


1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Ashley

At my table, kitchen counter, or couch.

Sabrina

Usually at my desk in my room.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Ashley

About an hour to get most of my thoughts out. Then, I like to come back another day and re-read and edit with fresh eyes.

Sabrina

That’s a tough question. At least an hour but usually more. It’s sometimes difficult to put my thoughts into words. I sometimes need a few days because life gets in the way.

3. When did you start your book blog?

August 2016

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Ashley

Sometimes I don’t feel like writing. I want to read and move on to the next book without having to stop to reflect on the book I just finished.

Sabrina

You always need to be on top of everything and know about everything: social media, new releases, ARCs etc. It sometimes gets a little too much and overwhelming.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Ashley

I love so many things about it, but I especially love when someone picks up a book we recommend and loves it.

Sabrina

There are so many things, but one of them is connecting with fellow readers and bloggers from all over the world.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

Ashley

It’s hard to choose. I love writing reviews for books that stirred something inside of me, whether emotionally or by allowing me to learn something new. I like to share how pivotal these books are with others.

Sabrina

I really enjoy writing the shared reviews. It’s fun to read what Ashley’s thoughts are on the same book we buddy-read.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Ashley

I really love our Off Topic Tuesday posts. It’s fun to occasionally write something other than book reviews.

Sabrina

I really enjoy writing our monthly Off Topic Tuesday blog post. It’s not only a shared blog post with Ashley, but one with our blogging friend Kacy. Plus, I like writing about bookish topics and sometimes even personal ones.

8. When do you typically write?

Ashley

Usually on the weekends because I have extra time. I would prefer to write only at night because thoughts usually come easier in the evening, but I’m typically too tired after a full day of mothering to stay awake.

Sabrina

Whenever I have time. 😀 I always promise myself to work on the blog in the mornings, but then I sleep in, watch a few shows and then it’s past lunchtime already. 😀 I found out that I am very creative in the evenings and at night, though.

9. Do you review every book you read?

Ashley

No. There are some books I can’t bring myself to review. It feels like too much pressure and I don’t want my writing dissected by others, especially when it comes to Classics.

Sabrina

I try to. When I don’t review a book on the blog, I definitely publish a small one on Goodreads.

10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Ashley

I try to write the day I finish reading or the following day. The longer I wait, the more difficult it is to write.

Sabrina

I try to write the review a few days after finishing it, so it’s still fresh on my mind.

11. How often do you post?

Monday to Friday usually. Sometimes even on the weekend.

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Top 3 book pet hates

Ashley

  1. Stupid nicknames for characters.
  2. Predictable plots.
  3. The same words or sentences repeated over and over within the story.

Sabrina

  1. Plot holes regarding ages and time.
  2. The overly upbeat, enthusiastic and dramatic best friend. She is usually the total opposite of the main heroine and not only annoying but also unnecessary.
  3. Stupid first names in New Adult novels, they are antic.

Nominations

  1. The Fettered Matriarch
  2. Kelliesbookshelf
  3. Sea Reads
  4. Boston Book Reader
  5. Novel Deelights
  6. The Royal Bookshelf

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14 thoughts on “Book Blogger Insider Tag

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  1. I really relate about too many ARCs putting you in a slump- it’s the same for me- I can’t feel like I have to read or I won’t do it.
    I definitely find it discouraging to see 10 hours left on a book. And I always try to wait for the whole series to come out (but often fail 😉 )
    Great post!

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  2. Aw this was a fun post to read, you guys! Thanks for tagging me! I too enjoy our Off Topic Tuesday posts. I’m just so happy and thankful to have you guys in my life 🙂 Xoxo

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  3. Wow! What a way to learn so much more about you both. Thanks for doing the combo / choose your own tag. Our TBR shelves are probably similar, but ~15 on the bedside, wow! I get antsy if there are 2. But I also usually have 3 months booked for reading, so I get that feeling of ‘when can I choose my own reads!’ LOL

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  4. ooh i love this post! it’s so fun reading people’s answers to questions like these. i totally agree with both of your worst thing about having a book blog answers 😮

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